Jesse James

One of America's most Dangerous Outlaws

The outlaw Jesse James
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Fave Facinating Facts on Jesse James

  • His father was a commercial hemp farmer and Baptist minister. He died when Jesse was three years old.
  • Jesse was shot in the chest while attempting to surrender to Union soldiers near Lexington, Missouri.
  • He recovered from the gunshot wound under the care of his first cousin. The two were eventually married.
  • In 1882, after evading capture for some time, Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford, one of two brothers Jesse had asked to live with him and serve as protection.
  • The Ford brothers were indicted, pleaded guilty, were sentenced to death by hanging, and two hours later were granted a full pardon by Governor Crittenden. The implication that the governor of Missouri conspired to kill a private citizen startled the public and added to James’ notoriet